Groupe des Spécialistes et Passionnés des Baobabs de Madagascar

Why baobabs ?

The baobab trees represent a truly emblem of the Malagasy flora. Madagascar is known for its high biodiversity and baobabs are the symbol of this richness. A heritage, a tourist attraction, a useful tree, baobab trees are currently threatened by deforestation and the irrational exploitation of its habitat and species. Globally, baobab species are also threatened by climate change. Their survival will depend on actions taken to protect the ecosystems that support them, to conserve their species and, most importantly, to support local communities that depend on these resources.

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Are you working on baobabs? Are you studying baobabs? Are you passionate on this majestic tree? Do you want to help to save the baobabs? Join us!

The baobabs from the genus Adansonia and the family MALVACEAE are one of the most prodigious and majestic giant trees worldwide.  There are currently 9 species in the world including one Australian (A. gibbosa), two African (A. digitata, A. kilima) and six (6) Malagasy (A. grandidieri, A. madagascariensis, A. perrieri, A. rubrostipa, A. suarezensis and A. za). Madagascar is therefore the homeland of baobabs. These trees have multiple uses. Some of baobabs trees are sacred or having historical values. Baobab fruits are edible.

To the west of the large island, the bark and trunk have various uses such as making strips and ropes, building houses and leaves are used as vegetables and fodder for cattle. The African species (Adansonia digitata), including its derivatives, has been traded locally and internationally for many years. Beyond these uses, Malagasy baobabs have a highly symbolic heritage and tourist value. The baobab alley in Morondava, in western Madagascar, is a must for tourists.

To the west of the large island, the bark and trunk have various uses such as making strips and ropes, building houses and leaves are used as vegetables and fodder for cattle. The African species (Adansonia digitata), including its derivatives, has been traded locally and internationally for many years. Beyond these uses, Malagasy baobabs have a highly symbolic heritage and tourist value. The baobab alley in Morondava, in western Madagascar, is a must for tourists.

But today, these majestic trees are strongly threatened by deforestation, large-scale exploitation of mining resources. Urgent conservation actions are needed to save this heritage.

Our missions

Our main mission is to contribute to Malagasy endemic species conservation, in particular baobab trees, by supporting societies in the management and sustainable use of these natural resources.  To this end, we use our expertise to set up research and development projects but also to participate in the research program through a partnership with national and international organizations. Our goal is also to promote and ensure the exchange of skills between all stakeholders in conservation. Finally, we are also working on environmental education projects for young people and by working closely with local communities.

News

International congress on Baobabs

August 7 to 9, 2019 Centre Spirituel Marie Candide (ex-salle d’œuvre Saint Paul) Morondava, Madagascar. This congress will gather Malagasy and international researchers and students. We invite all those interested in the beauty, virtues and issues of baobab species to...

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The Group of Madagascan Baobab Specialists and Passionate People or GSPBM is a non-profit, scientific, technical and non-political association. It was created to contribute to the protection, conservation and sustainable use of the world's baobab species and their ecosystems.

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Lot 2F 3 Bis B Antsahameva Andraisoro, Antananarivo 101

+261 34 01 133 47

+261 34 84 301 00

contact@gspbm.org

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